Today, Monday 10 July, saw the Ryde Pier Head Station reopen to trains for the first time since last October, after significant work was completed.
The railway pier extends into the Solent and provides a link to the Isle of Wight ferries. The 143-year-old, 686-metre-long structure has been undergoing a programme of heavy maintenance and renewal to extend its life for another 60 years. Much of the work needed boats to bring materials to the pier and to give colleagues access to work on it; extreme weather and storms over the winter affected the time needed but it’s now open to trains again.
Leading transport infrastructure provider Octavius led the One Team Wessex (OTW) project. OTW is the collaborative relationship between Network Rail and Octavius responsible for the delivery of infrastructure enhancements and renewals in the Wessex route to provide a reliable and modern railway for the traveling public.
The project would not have been possible without the support and patience of local residents, the travelling public and the efforts our people and colleagues from our whole supply chain.
Thank you to all involved.